Obama’s killings challenged again By Glenn Greenwald
The ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights this morning filed a lawsuit in federal court against several Obama officials, including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and CIA Director David Petraeus. The suit is brought on behalf of the survivors of three American citizens killed in Yemen by the U.S. Government — killed specifically by the CIA and the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command — with no due process and far from any battlefield: Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan (killed together in a drone strike) and Awlaki’s teenaged son Abdulrahman (killed two weeks later).
The American Civil Liberties Union failed in late-2010 to push a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration’s claimed power to assassinate American citizens without charging them with any crimes, but is hoping for a consolation prize today, filing another suit challenging the killings after the fact.
Bay Area drivers could one day be tracked using a GPS-like device in their cars and taxed per miles driven – a scenario which is part of a proposed long-range study aimed at finding ways to reduce traffic and pollution, while also raising revenues.
Spanish police have clashed with protesters marching against the latest batch of austerity measures. Over a million public employees, trade union members and fed-up citizens have taken to the streets in over 80 Spanish cities.
Violence erupted in Madrid around midnight after dozens of protesters reached the city’s Puerta del Sol square and clashed with riot police. Security forces used batons, rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd as it tried to enter the congress building located on the square. Some of the protesters lobbed bottles at officers.
Republican Party Denounces NDAA by Dirk Tejan
Last night the Clark County Republican Party Central Committee in Nevada unanimously passed a resolution soundly denouncing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, sections 1021, and 1022, and requesting immediate action against it by the Clark County Sheriff. These sections of NDAA 2012 include language that the Clark County Republican Party calls “blatant attacks on the United States Constitution, specifically Amendments 4, 5, 6, and 8 of our Bill of Rights”. In NDAA the federal government claims the right to detain American citizens indefinitely, without producing a search warrant.
In Your Eyes, I’m a Terrorist by Tarek Mehanna
Exactly four years ago this month I was finishing my work shift at a local hospital. As I was walking to my car I was approached by two federal agents. They said that I had a choice to make: I could do things the easy way, or I could do them the hard way. The “easy” way…was that I would become an informant for the government, and if I did so I would never see the inside of a courtroom or a prison cell. As for the hard way, this is it. Here I am, having spent the majority of the four years since then in a solitary cell the size of a small closet, in which I am locked down for 23 hours each day. The FBI and these prosecutors worked very hard…to put me in that cell, keep me there, put me on trial, and finally to have me stand here before you today to be sentenced to even more time in a cell.
Once the starter plants took off, they were transplanted outside. They transplant very easily, with no visible signs of transplant shock. I didn’t even have to harden them by setting them outside for a few hours a day first. As you can see, containers work just as well for growing your own. Insects leave these things alone. I repeat, insects leave these things alone, making them low maintenance plants. I only got a few holes in the very bottom leaves that were less healthy then the rest of the plant.
If you ever want to strip down naked at Portland International Airport, congratulations — there’s now a legal precedent that puts you in the clear.
John Brennan, 50, was found not guilty this week over indecent exposure charges filed earlier this year.
FBI Terror Plot: How the Government Is Destroying the Lives of Innocent People By Petra Bartosiewicz
The FBI is using informants to stir up fake terror plots, destroying lives in the process.
This week on “Moyers and Company,” host Bill Moyers welcomed scientist, philosopher and activist Vandana Shiva, who, in his words, has become “a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds.” Shiva was trained as a physicist, but has become an outspoken voice against the predations of giant global firms like Monsanto and Coca-Cola. She is the author of several books, including her latest, Making Peace with the Earth.
Romney Insources the Globalization Backlash by Pat Buchanan
Under GOP-blessed rules of free trade, these corporations are able to shutter plants here, move to Latin America or Asia, and produce there. Now they have the right to bring their China-made goods back to the United States, duty-free, and fill the malls of America with those goods.
A Progressive President of Paraguay Was Never in the CIA’s Cards by Wayne Madsen
The recent «institutional coup» against President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay reflects a long-standing desire by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to prevent any candidate not reflecting the policies of Paraguay’s entrenched oligarchy from ever attaining the presidency of that nation.
In a move that seems to have come straight from ‘The X-Files,’ the British government recently released a trove of data relating to the U.K.’s response to the possible existence of UFOs. The 25 files and 6,700 pages of data document UFO policy, issues with media outreach, public correspondence, and, of course, reports of UFO sightings from the public.
Your Edible Landscape: Queen Anne’s Lace aka Wild Carrot by Linda Runyon
“Weed-eating woman”—that’s what some of my friends call me because of my environmentarian (wild food) diet. As an environmentarian, I eat primarily uncultivated foods as a rule. Some people call them “weeds”. Actually, they are food plants either native to this soil or brought here for food by our ancestors.
Most of us are familiar with the flowers of Queen Anne’s Lace, commonly known as Wild Carrot. I use the Queen Anne’s Lace seeds as my table salt. I also saute the fresh lace flowers in olive oil for a “potato chip”. The leaves are delicious whether served fresh in salads or cooked in soups. And, of course, the carrot root is fantastic.
Are You A Terrorist? by Pat Shannan
A new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) depicts Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing terrorists.” The $12M report, entitled “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States,” was produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland.
Here’s a Secret to Producing More Food Locally by John Robb
What is the one thing we can do to make ourselves better at producing food locally?
The simple answer is to think “vertically.”
A sloppy NYPD employee is responsible for a tantalizing DNA match that seemed to link the murder of Sarah Fox to an Occupy Wall Street protest, sources told the Daily News.
War on All Fronts by Paul Craig Roberts
The Russian government has finally caught on that its political opposition is being financed by the US taxpayer-funded National Endowment for Democracy and other CIA/State Department fronts in an attempt to subvert the Russian government and install an American puppet state in the geographically largest country on earth, the one country with a nuclear arsenal sufficient to deter Washington’s aggression.
American Indian Russell Means gives an eye-opening 90 minute interview in which he explains how Native Americans and Americans in general are all imprisoned within one huge reservation. Means is a leader for the Republic of Lakotah, a movement that has declared its independence from the United States and refused to recognize the authority of presidents or governments, withdrawing from treaties it made with the federal government and defining its borders which cover thousands of square miles in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.
Solar Flare Alert. Raise Shields! by Open Source Survival
The risk of solar flares to modern communications and power nets is well known to most “Preppers”. This is just a quick reminder that the time is near for peak activity.
High v. low-level leaking by Glenn Greenwald
The Obama administration’s war on whistlebowers continues unabated this week on two fronts. First, several hearings were held in the court-martial prosecution of Bradley Manning, during which military prosecutors argued that evidence that Manning’s alleged leaks did no harm to national security, as well as evidence of his inhumane pre-trial detention conditions, should both be completely suppressed (in contrast to most American media outlets, which have ignored the proceedings entirely, Firedoglake’s superb young writer, Kevin Gosztola, is providing typically comprehensive coverage). Meanwhile, in a federal court in Virginia this morning, former CIA official John Kiriakou is seeking dismissal of most of the criminal charges brought against him by the DOJ for allegedly leaking details of the Bush era torture program; Kiriakou is claiming he is the victim of vindictive prosecution (as former NSA official Thomas Drake, who himself was prosecuted (unsuccessfully) by the Obama DOJ for whistleblowing, put it this morning: “Commit torture: receive exec branch/DoJ protection. Whistleblow on torture w/lawful disclosures: become criminal defendant like John Kiriakou” [Twitter typos corrected]).
Journalism v. propaganda by Glenn Greenwald
Almost immediately after a suicide bomber killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria on Wednesday, Israeli officials, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, blamed Iran, an accusation uncritically repeated by most Western media outlets even as Bulgarian investigators warned it would be a “mistake” to assign blame before the attack could be investigated. Now, Israel, along with the U.S., is blaming Hezbollah and, therefore, Iran for the attack. Today’s New York Times article by Nicholas Kulish and Eric Schmitt – headlined “Hezbollah Is Blamed for Attack on Israeli Tourists in Bulgaria” – uncritically treats those accusations as confirmed fact despite no evidence being offered for it.
Gardener feeds family with $100 a month by Jake Stein
To housewife “Mavis Butterfield” of Gig Harbor, Washington, saving money is a game. And she isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves to win.
No, this thrifty, coupon-clipping mother of two plans on growing 2,000 pounds of fresh food this year right out of her own back yard. Armed with 1.25 acres of planting space, Butterfield says spending less on groceries and growing as much food as possible is great way to save those pennies.
She went from spending $9,768 on groceries in 2008 to just under $1,200 in 2011. And now, she feeds her family of four on a mere $100 per month— that’s $25 a person!
Weeds that aren’t Weeds and Other Unusual Edibles – The Survival Podcast
Sometimes I sit and wonder if tomatoes and peppers and lettuce just grew in large swaths on their own would we call them weed too? For example this so called weed huauzontle has actually been cultivated for centuries and is currently “en vogue” with many Mexican gardeners in LA.
When it comes to getting by with less, off-the-grid adventurers and prepper pioneers are the masters. Because they are so committed to living independently and self-sufficiently, these folks cannot afford to rely on anyone else to help them meet their most basic needs, and this puts special demands on off-the-gridders and other fellow travelers that the average person does not have to face. Notwithstanding their determination to leave no stone unturned in their search for ways to live more intelligently and efficiently, however, there is one question that most off-the-gridders probably never think to ask themselves: do we really need a house this big?
Peak Oil Transport by John Owen
Horse Drawn Low Impact Living on the Road. With property and fuel prices soaring, peak oil transport will inevitably herald the return of the working horse. John Owen describes his six years living and travelling on the road and explains why this lifestyle is so very permacultural.
Today the word Militia is a bad word to be looked upon with disdain and contempt in political circles in Washington. These are power mad people who seek the dominate every facet of our lives if we let them have their way. The militia is a part of our history throwing out tyranny from our midst, It has been a force for good. I will share with you why.
Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a DKos group of second amendment supporters who also have progressive and liberal values. We don’t think that being a liberal means one has to be anti-gun.
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